Please refer to the tabs on the left for information.
Phone : 480.279.8500
Conference: by appointment please
BA in Music Education from NewMexico State University
MA in Educational Leadership fromNorthern Arizona University
Dear Sossaman Band Family,
I am so excited to begin my 24th year of teaching! I love sharing my
love of music with others! I have been married to my best friend
Dave for 17 years and we have two sons; Ricky, 16 who is a student
at Perry HS and Jax, 13, who is in the 8th grade at SMS. We
also have 1 fur baby named Toby. We love spending
time as a family. A couple of our favorite activities are camping,
going to the movies and watching our boys play soccer and dive.
We are going to have a fantastic year making music!!
Please refer to the left column for various information you will need
throughout the school year. If you ever have any questions or
concerns please don’t hesitate to email me.
Did You Know?
Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra
reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances
(alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs). Instrumental music teaches
children many skills necessary to succeed in life, including
problem solving and decision making, building
self-confidence and self-discipline, the ability to imagine
what might be and to accept responsibility for it, teamwork,
the development of informed perception, and articulating a
vision. When faced with a problem to solve, students in
music and the arts produce more possible solutions, and
their solutions are more creative, according to a
nationwide study. As a parent of a MS student. this is
so important to me! I want my own children spending
time with "good" kids!!
The College Entrance Examination Board found that students
involved in public school music programs scored 107 points
higher on the SAT's than students with no participation.
- Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board
U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000
secondary school students found that students who report
consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music
over the middle and high school years show "significantly
higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12."
- U.S. Department of Education
Students who can perform complex rhythms can also make
faster and more precise corrections in many academic and
physical situations, according to the Center for Timing,
Coordination, and Motor Skills.- Rhythm seen as key to
music’s evolutionary role in human intellectual development,
Center for Timing, Coordination, and Motor Skills, 2000.